Re: Random programs and services trying to gain 'net access.
I think I am starting to understand what is going on with your machine. The alerts are slightly misleading. When you get a popup saying that a program is trying to contact the internet, you need to look at the IP address's. There are three subnets that are private. They are for local LAN's and are not routable out over the internet. They are 10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255, 172.16.0.0 - 172.31.255.255, 192.168.0.0 - 192.168.255.255 . There are a few other address's that are also reserved. 169.254.0.0 - 169.254.255.255 are reserved for Link-Local connections (don't ask) and they are seen a lot when a NIC cannot get a lease on an IP address. Also there is 0.0.0.0 (Your computer) and 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 (which is reserved for multicasting).
ZoneAlarm is going to control ANY TCP/IP traffic, even if it is from your computer to your computer. What you are seeing is this kind of traffic. So there is no reason to panic. What I am wondering is why these things keep asking for permission. The ones that you deny will ask every time they run, if the program is set to ask. Is this what is happening?
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